Insert Rentaghost Pun Here

Anyone who ever watched it will have a favourite, or familiar, era of Rentaghost, the long running BBC children’s sitcom of the 1970s and 80s. It was one of those shows that stated its premise in the haunting (geddit?) theme tune.

The series ran for 58 episodes over nine series, from 1976 to 1984. It was created by Bob Block.

Here’s how it was first announced in The Stage, as part of a wider article about children’s shows.

The Stage – Thursday 06 November 1975

Jill Weekes was suitably impressed with the first series as it came to an end.

The Stage – Thursday 12 February 1976

While cast member Ann Emery very quickly realised the success of the show and how it could help.

The Stage – Thursday 29 April 1976

By the second series, ITV had launched a rival, which Kenneth Hughes thought superior to the BBC show.

Daily Mirror – Tuesday 18 May 1976

The Ghosts Of Motley Hall ran on ITV for three series from 1976 to 1978, and was created by Catweazle writer Richard Carpenter. It didn’t have such a good theme tune, but it could boast Peter Sallis among the cast.

Series three of Rentaghost saw some cast changes, and also had some production difficulties.

Daily Mirror – Tuesday 22 February 1977

But it saw of its rival, and kept running, until it began to break records.

Aberdeen Evening Express – Tuesday 05 October 1982
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